This Weekend’s Open-House Pick

Curb appeal: The former caretakers' residence to the Straub Estate in Manoa.

For this weekend’s open-house pick, I’ve set my sights on Manoa—specifically, the former caretaker residence to the Straub Estate. According to listing agent Kai McDurmin, the original Straub home, built in 1919, sat on approximately an acre of land tucked into the back of the valley, and the caretaker quarters were built on part of the property in 1939. The entire estate was later subdivided into three parcels, one of which included the caretaker residence. An interesting footnote: George F. Straub planted several beautiful trees on the property, including African date palms and a handsome African Wiliwili tree, which, says McDurmin, is thought to be one of only three in the entire state.

Situated on a private, sloping lot, the home has 2,500-sq.-ft. of living space, with three bedrooms and two baths—two bedrooms and one bath upstairs, and a legal one-bedroom/one-bath ohana apartment downstairs, which is currently being used as an office. The owners, who have lived there since 1987, have completed a number of renovations over the years, maintaining the home’s traditional exterior while giving the interior a very contemporary overhaul. Traditional old-Hawaii architecture and modern interior design can make for odd bedfellows, though it’s somehow intriguing in this house (though I can see where some buyers might prefer to bring it back to its original roots). The kitchen, in particular, is a thoroughly contemporary space, having been outfitted by Studio Becker with all the au courant accessories, including granite countertops, porcelain-tile flooring, stainless-steel appliances, and solid-ash cabinets with a high-gloss finish. Other noteworthy upgrades include new-ish oak floors throughout much of the home, a backyard Jacuzzi and a new roof.

Money talk: The home is listed at $1,350,000.
Open house: Sun., Oct. 10 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Contact: Kai McDurmin, Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties. 596-0456,
For more information: MLS #1010994,